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Thu May 3, 2012
Fast-charging charging system could reduce "range anxiety" for electric cars
Ford Motor Company has teamed up with seven other car companies to develop a faster method of recharging electric cars.
Fast-charging could help reduce the problem of what some call "range anxiety."
One drawback of an electric car is how long it takes to recharge the battery - up to 7 hours for some electric cars. And if you push the car to its range limit you risk being stranded; that causes range anxiety.
Mike Tinskey is associate director of vehicle electrification at Ford. He says it's hoped that eventually, "We can get to a point when we can charge just as quick as you can fuel up a conventional car with gasoline."
The new system isn't that fast, but it's a lot faster than charging on a 120 or 240 volt outlet.
It will take about 20 minutes to get an 80% charge on a depleted electric car battery .
Other companies involved in developing the new system are Audi, BMW N.A., Chrysler, Daimler, General Motors, Porsche, and Volkswagen ...